First Crisis


1927 Bentley and Stewball

 May 7: The rally starts tomorrow but we had our first crisis today. A little background. Most of the cars have been shipped from England from points in Europe. So this morning, all those crews went to the port to retrieve their cars and drive them back to the hotel.

The afternoon has been taken up by scrutineering. This is when the scrutineer checks to make sure the car meets the rally regulations. We thought we were in compliance, but it really was a good thing that we had to open the hood to get to some of the equipment that the scrutineer had to check. the hood was seriously jammed. See, that is also where the fuel fill is, under the front hood. And if this had not happened at the hotel, it would have happened at the first filling station and we would not have been able to put fuel in and would have certainly had a very bad score for the day by the time we got it opened.

This was all caused because we filled in Delaware which only have full service stations. Our very enthusiastic  attendant who obviously had never filled a Type 1 Beetle and was so amazed that the fill was under the hood, slammed the hood repeatedly and knocked it out of alignment. You can guarantee this won’t happen again. Next time, if there is a next time, Ed will get out and supervise.

So, our scrutineer called over one of the mechanics and with much effort, elbow grease and a crow bar, he was able to get it up! No damage done and now everything is fine. Just a small blip today, but the rally hasn’t even started.

Other interesting tidbits. We have a 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud running. Photo here. Now now only is that interesting, but the navigator is the 94 year-old mother of the driver!

Then there is this beauty. A spotless, beautiful Pre-war, 1929  Mercedes S. Stewball looks very small against all these big, powerful cars.

You can see the kind of company we are keeping these next weeks!

Tomorrow, on the road,

Jan

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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5 Responses to First Crisis

  1. Charles Barnett says:

    Be safe and enjoy the rally. I look forward to reading your blogs.
    Charlie Barnett

  2. Bob Congdon says:

    MARCY & BOB WISH YOU WELL ON THE TRIP!
    WE RETURNED LAST WEEK FROM 4 GLORIOUS WEEKS ON THE ATLANTIC AT HOLDEN BEACH (MIDWAY FROM WILMINGTON TO MYRTLE). A SEIES OF HOUSE PARTIES WITH FRIENDS FROM CAROL WOODS AND GREENSBORO PLUS MY KIDS FROM CT, VT AND MA.
    GREAT THERAPY FOR THIS LUNG CANCER.

  3. ronaldsieber says:

    You are quite lucky that the hood did not kink, which is a common malady for VWs when encountered by ignorant gas station attendants. I had a hood kink in my former VW; no attendant gets NEAR my 356.

    That is quite an assemblage of cars you are riding with. They, in turn, have no idea with whom they are competing. Good luck to all!

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Ronn, thanks for your belief in Stewie. all is well after a most interesting day. Fortunately for us, this group as 3 great teams of mechanics who are very inventive. We are ready to run tomorrow. And Stewie has a new look!

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